“ Brand: Turner Road „
WHAT IS IT?
A white Californian Chardonnay by Turner Road.
This is a very refreshing Chardonnay and one that I drink more than any other. It has got a strong apple flavour and even though it is a sweet wine it is also a little bit tangy with an aftertaste that is a lot like lemons. It tastes bright and is a fun wine to drink. There are lots of different flavours in this wine and that makes it interesting as well as making sure it can be served with any food you can think of.
WHAT I THINK
This is a very good Chardonnay and one I will serve to anyone without worry that they will think I am an unsophisticated wine drinker. It has a lot more flavour than I expect from this sort of wine and has got a character of its own, I would know it was a Chardonnay but it is richer. It is refreshing so nice to drink in the summer if you are having a garden party but just as nice served at a dinner party in winter.
I like how sweet it is and think it is very nice in a spritzer, I have also used it several times in recipes and think the bright fizzy flavour is perfect in fish pie sauce and other dishes. It is just as nice served with main courses as with dessert so it makes a dinner party easier because I do not have to switch wine between courses. I pour large glasses because it is a wine that is drunk quickly. It has a good effect on the personality and makes me feel brighter and relaxed instead of tired.
It does not stay fresh for very long once a bottle is open so if there is any left at the end of the evening I freeze it in an ice cube tray for cooking with.
A 75cl bottle costs £8.99 and the wine contains 13% alcohol.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
~Turner Road Chardonnay~
Turner Road Reserve Chardonnay is one of the californian range of white wines that I have bought and enjoyed a number of times. I have found this wine easy to drink with a meal, or as a stand alone tipple, as this bright and lightly fruity tasting wine works well in most situations in my opinion. With this being a californian chardonnay it does have that bright sunny feel that I find these types of wines often have, although I find this particular wine does have a slightly fuller flavour to it.
I feel that the taste highlights of this wine include a hint of vanilla which softly sweetens the tangy/ fruity hints I get from Turner Road. I often think this wine tastes of pear, apple, pineapple and lemon, with the wine having a rich lemon colour to it that perhaps influences my thoughts about it. I feel this wine is smooth and full yet fruity and lightly tangy at the same time, with just the right touch of sweet vanilla every now and then.
I wouldn't say this was an overly dry wine at all although it certainly has a nice lightly dry aspect to it that balances the fruity aspect quite well. In my opinion Turner Road is not quite sweet or fragrant enough for use as a wine to serve as a dessert wine and works best when drunk as a wine to go with main meals such as pasta and savory starters. As someone who prefers wines at the drier end of the spectrum I feel this wine is not overly dry, which may make it appeal to a wider range of wine buyers.
I find that the cost of Turner Road does vary quite a bit as I have often seen it on sale for £6 a bottle, yet have also seen it priced at £9 plus (which I feel is a little too much to pay for a bottle of this wine). At the lower price I feel Turner Road is a good buy, as it has a reliable flavour to it that is packed with fruity, tangy aspects that work well. I find that the product bottles have easy to open screw top lids to them that close well to provide a firm leak free seal and the product branding with the black banding and bird detailing make this an easy to spot product on a supermarket shelf.
My rating for Turner Road is 4 stars as I feel it works well, has plenty of flavour and generally seems to appeal to a wide range of wine drinkers. Turner Road chardonnay is a product I would buy again in future, although I would look out for offers and reductions from the higher (£9 plus) sale price in order to get best value for money.
Turner Road Reserve Chardonnay 2010 is a white wine from California, USA. It is presented in a green galls bottle with a screw top lid that is easy to open. The wine is 13.5% and comes in a standard 70cl bottle.
I enjoy drinking the wine and although it is not my favourite I am quite happy to buy a bottle very now and then when it is special offer. You can usually find it in most supermarkets for around £4.99, though I have seen in Tesco Metro in Leeds for £12.99, which I thought was a bit steep, for a mass produced wine.
The wine is a golden yellow colour and it has a lovely green apple and pear aroma when first opened. It is not a heavy wine, in that it is fairly watery on the palate and I find that I can taste melon, a hint of honey and a little citrus and vanilla. The overall taste does not tend to linger too long on the tongue and it is a decent wine to drink. I am not brilliant at matching up wines with food, though I find that I like to drink this particular wine with a light pasta dish with seafood, just a simple herb, garlic and oil pasta dish or a tomato based vegetable pasta dish
The wine contains Sulphur Dioxide and Sulphates and the glass bottle is recyclable. Overall I would recommend this wine to others that enjoy non-oakey chardonnays, it is easy on the palate, goes well with food and is generally well priced.
I love wine and the other day I decided to get a bottle to drink before going out because I always find I save money on nights out if I have a drink before I get there, as then I don't have to spend as much money buying drinks out which is always more expensive than buying drinks from the shop.
I picked this up in Bargain Booze as it was one of the cheapest - I am a student after all so try to save money wherever I can. The bottle looked really nice and had a lovely picture on it of an orange bird which I thought looked quite cute. And the label was also very nicely presented with swirly writing on it. The colour scheme was quite pretty. They say you eat and drink with your eyes just as much as with your mouth so to me presentation is always important. If you are pouring a glass of wine for your friends as well you always want the bottle to look nice otherwise its just not the same.
When I went to the till to pay for this, it was reduced to a fiver, and also I was pleasantly surprised as the man serving me gave me a free wine glass which I didn't expect to get. He also gave me a free lighter and chucked into the bag some other freebies such as a wristband and a whistle. I was really happy with all these freebies I will definitely be going back to Bargain Booze as I only went in for a bottle of wine but came out with a bag full of stuff and I didn't have to spend much money either.
This wine is 13.5% volume so it was one of the stronger percentage ones on the shelf. I must admit I prefer higher percentage drinks as I like to get my moneys worth. There is 10.1 units in one bottle of this so I would recommend sharing it and being careful when drinking. Remember to have a piece of toast and a glass of water after heavy drinking before you go to bed otherwise you might have a bit of a bad hang over the next morning.
This wine tastes quite refreshing it has hints of white peach and citrus as well as tropical hints of pineapple which I can just about make out. I thought this wine went really nice with gammon and pineapple and honey, however this might just be my own personal tastes I'm no professional wine taster but next time I have that meal I will definitley buy a bottle of this to have with it again as it tasted really good.
Overall I thought this was a good wine, not the best ever but definitely good for the money.
I am not a massive drinker. However if I am going to treat myself to a drink, albeit whiskey or wine, then it has to be a decent vintage. In the case of whiskey, well matured and in the case of wine, a good year or type.
For this reason when I felt like treating myself to a bottle of wine this evening, I chose Turner Road. This is a nice Reserve Chardonnay from 2010. It usually retails at £9.99, but at present in Tesco it is £4.99 for a 75cl bottle. Although I have seen the price around £6.99 in many retailers, so maybe the starting price at Tesco was a bit over inflated.
It is madein California and according to the clear bottle it offers 'aromas of fresh green apple, pear and bright lemon and just the right touch of sweet vanilla oak. I would say that description sums up the wine very nicely.
It is dry white wine in nature, and can be drank alone, or with a meal. Serving suggestions suggest to have it with Grilled Seafood or Pasta Dishes. I drank mine after it had been chilled for two hours whilst watching Xfactor. It did leave a lovely taste in my mouth, and unlike some dry wines did not make me grimace as I tasted it.
A problem in our house is that my wife is not really a drinker of any kind The taste of this dry wine is an acquired one, and sadly the small glass my wife had was spoilt with fizzy lemonade. This was such a shame as the taste is really quite nice, although a little dry, but it is as sweet as a dry wine is likely to get.
As my wife isn't a drinker, it was nice to see the black screw top on the bottle as at 13.5%vol I didn't really want to consume the whole bottle, even if the lovely picture of the humming bird on the label appeared to be persuading me otherwise.
So if you do feel like like a nice Chardonnay, and you see this on offer, please give it a go. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
Copyright stebiz 2011 - also on ciao.co.uk
A glass of wine with dinner is our way of relaxing and feeling very civilized now we are retired. Yesterday my husband opened a bottle that looked different to us, not one of our usual wines although it was a Chardonnay. Nicely chilled it was so delicious that he expressed his opinion that it was a nice glass of wine - you may not think it strange, but my husband is a Yorkshire man, a man of little words!
I had to agree, it was lovely and I was tempted to drink more, but like to keep to my one glass unless it's a special occasion. Anyway I knew I would have a glass today as well, so decided I should tell people about this pleasant, easy to drink white wine.
Turner Road Reserve Chardonnay comes from California, USA and is made with Chardonnay grapes. The taste is quite fresh and went well with the fish I had cooked last night. The aromas are of green apple, pear and bright lemon notes and just a touch of vanilla oak according to the tasting notes. It is quite a dry wine and has a sharp, fresh taste. The fruit flavours are noticeable and very pleasant. Tonight we had Pasta carbonara and again the wine seemed a perfect accompaniment.
The clear glass bottle is recyclable and has a black metal screw top. The label is probably what attracted me! The name "Turner Road" is in gold on a dark brown label with a pretty orange and white bird looking like a Hummingbird, hovering above the label. Just below this is a lovely bronze label with more details, and the words reserve and Chardonnay. It says that Turner Road is more than just a delicious wine. It is away of life. The carefully cultivated grapes are gently pressed by skilled winemakers to produce wines of smooth character. Just as nature intended.
On the back are two more labels, one tells the reader about Turner Road winery, whose range embraces their philosophy of working in harmony with nature to produce beautiful wines. The second label shows that the bottle contains 75cl and the alcohol content is 13.0%vol. The little black bottle shows that a bottle contains 9.8 UK units. This means that if you drink 125 ml glass which is quite a small glass compared to the glasses that are fashionable these days, you are consuming 1.6 units. The recommended amount is no more than 3 units in one day and 14 units for women, 21 for men in one week. There is a picture showing that pregnant ladies should not drink the wine and also advice to drink responsibly and a website address is also given.
They suggest serving it will Grilled seafood and rich pasta dishes, which was exactly what we had, although I hadn't read that before eating! I could imagine it with chicken too and rice dishes but not with hot spicy things as you would spoil the delicate flavour.
It is a few months since we bought this, but I would suggest it wants to be drunk quite soon and not laid down for the future. It sells at £8.99 at Tesco, but when we bought it the price was lower, possibly half price or about £5. I wish we'd bought more!
Also on Ciao where my name is jo145
Brand: Turner Road / Type: Wines